This roasted lemon garlic chicken is a simple, healthy meal to throw together. Hot or cold, this chicken is just as great on the dinner table as it is on any family picnic!
I love simple recipes.
I can also get pretty excited about flavorful, bursting in in your mouth flavors.
And I love recipes the kids AND the adults can get just as excited about!! This recipe is ALL those things!!
It is just as delicious warm or cold and packs well for summer excursions. Forget that KFC, make something you can feel good about feeding your family!
I especially love the afternoons where I realize I have this in the fridge ready to go and my dinner is handled with minimal effort!
Lemon garlic chicken marinade:
By creating a simple marinade, you can transform the humble chicken leg into something extraordinary! The lemon zest really makes this flavor pop, so be sure to include it! I love to use my favorite Microplane grater to do this.
I will never forget the first time I used one: it was love at first zest…and suddenly zesting wasn’t some time consuming dreaded chore designed to shave skin of my knuckles!! Trust me, you need one! It’s great for all sorts of things (grating chocolate, ginger, garlic, hard cheese, and all zesting!)
Keep in mind that this marinade is great with any cut of chicken, with OR without bones. To get the full flavor, I like to marinate overnight!
Lemon garlic chicken thighs or breasts WITHOUT the bone?
This marinade works well with any cut of chicken, but cooking times WILL vary.
Roasting works well with skin on, bone in chicken pieces, simply follow the direction in the recipe card.
If you have boneless skinless thighs or breasts, I would grill them OR saute them on the stove top. I’m not a huge fan of oven cooked boneless skinless pieces.
Affordable gluten free meals:
You can’t get much more affordable than the chicken drumstick! This dinner is great way to feed a huge crowd with minimal moolah!
Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe:
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Easy Roasted Lemon-Garlic Picnic Chicken
Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large ziploc bag or glass container large enough to accommodate all your chicken.
Add in the chicken, mixing to ensure all pieces get covered.
Place the mixture in a the fridge and marinate for a full day or longer. Remember, the longer you marinate, the stronger the flavor!
When you are ready to roast, remove the bone in chicken from the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the chicken on a large cookie sheet (sans additional marinade), and roast for about 45 minutes until the skin is golden and the the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife.